More than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated cities along the U.S. Gulf Coast, AIDS service groups are still struggling to regain their footing in New Orleans. Nearly half of the city's HIV treatment centers were adversely affected, and many have not reopened or have drastically scaled back services. Most of the satellite clinics and pharmacies supplying antiretroviral drugs also remain closed.
'Katrina took its toll on us, and our infrastructure was seriously damaged,' says Beth Scalo, director of the state health department's HIV program. 'While we're on the road to recovery, we still have a long way to go.'